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Terceira

Angra do Heroismo © Marco Derksen
Angra do Heroismo © Marco Derksen

Terceira, an island resort destination in the Azores, holds many places of interest for tourists. The historic centre of its capital town, Angra do Heroísmo, is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is despite many of its architectural treasures being destroyed by an earthquake in 1980. However, the town is still an idyllic setting and renowned for its pastel-coloured sunset vistas.

Terceira is best known for its periodic 'running of the bulls', with a roped animal being let loose in the narrow streets of a town or village to be subdued by local youths. Ask in the local bar when the next event is likely to take place. Besides the capital, the other main town on the island, Praia da Vitória, is interesting because of its American flavour. Being close to the American airbase in Lajes, it features several burger joints and US-style souvenir shops.